Emergency service accidents

Emergency services workers typically accept that their job can place them in dangerous situations, and a firefighter, policeman or medic can sustain serious injuries in emergency service accidents. Emergency services accidents can cause serious or even fatal injuries and the consequences of such an accident or injury can have a devastating effect on an individual’s life, and the lives of their family.

Employers in the emergency services owe the same duty of care to their employees as any other employer owes to their workers. This includes providing their emergency staff workers with a safe system of work, appropriate work equipment and sufficient training – preventing, where possible, emergency service accidents that can result in serious injury or death.

Those affected by emergency service accidents may suffer financial loss, loss of earnings and the need to pay for on-going treatment and care. They may also suffer on-going pain and disability, as well as psychological issues caused by pain and stress.

How we can help

Our emergency service accidents solicitors may be able to help you recover the financial losses incurred, costs for on-going care and rehabilitation and compensation for the stress and trauma caused by your accident.

Our dedicated employer liability department has a vast amount of experience in dealing with claims for accidents at work and securing personal injury compensation for those injured during their employment in the emergency services.

We provide free advice and guidance when investigating your claim without obligation. During a free consultation, carried out in person or via telephone, we will discuss your claim with you and the various funding options available. If we believe your emergency services workplace injury compensation claim has a reasonable chance of success, we will act on your behalf on a no win, no fee basis.


Your Questions Answered

How do I make a claim?

During your free, no-obligation consultation our specialist solicitors will discuss whether you are entitled to make a claim. If negligence is established, we will discuss the various options with you, including the no win, no fee element of your personal injury claim. You will be provided with a step-by-step breakdown of how we will proceed with your accident at work compensation claim without obligation to proceed.

How much will making a claim cost?

In the vast majority of cases, our emergency services accidents claims are funded on a no win, no fee basis, also known as Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs).

This means that if your case is unsuccessful you will not have to pay anything. We will only take on your case if, after assessing your claim, we decide that there is a reasonable chance of success. Our initial consultation is free, so you won’t pay a penny if we don’t accept your case.

What type of accidents can I claim for?

Some of the most common incidents we have had claims for include:

  • road traffic accidents
  • training exercises
  • fires and explosives
  • inadequate and faulty equipment and machinery
  • mountaineering
  • sports and adventure training (including assault courses)
  • manual handling injuries
  • workplace violence
  • chemical accidents
  • exposure to harmful substances
  • medical treatment

However, this list is by no means exhaustive. Therefore, if you have suffered any other injury due to an emergency services accident, one of our specialists will be able to advise if you are entitled to make a claim.

Will bringing a claim against my employer affect my job?

If you have been injured at work and then exercise your right to bring a claim for compensation against your employer, you should then not be adversely treated by your employer.  The reality is that although you may be bringing a claim against your employer in name, your claim will actually be handled by your employer’s insurers or solicitors.

Will I have to go to court?

Only a small percentage of personal injury claims brought will actually proceed to trial though we do prepare every case in depth to make sure we are ready should it go to court.

The personal injury procedural system is geared towards encouraging parties to be open with each other so that any claims for compensation can be settled without the need for going to court, which can save both time and cost.

A lot of people are naturally nervous and uncomfortable about going to court. We understand this and will advise you every step of the way, should your case reach a trial.

What are the time limits in respect of bringing a personal injury claim?

There are strict time limits in personal injury claims.  The usual rule is that a potential claimant has three years from the date of an accident within which to bring a claim for compensation.

The court does have the discretion to override the three year period, but it is not regularly exercised.

Although there is a three year period within which to bring court proceedings, it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible should you believe you might have a claim.

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